Tips to Prepare For Your Final Court Hearing / by Cassandra Hearn

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Divorce and custody cases can be stressful. Lots of attention needs to be paid to many details, technicalities, and procedures to make sure that your case runs smoothly. Much of a family law case happens outside of the courtroom, and will take the form of pleadings, discovery, and other paperwork. If you are unable to settle your case before the final hearing (or trial), you will need to have a final trial to conclude your divorce or custody matter, and the judge will make the decision about how your case will be handled. There are some steps you can take to help be as prepared as possible for your court hearing.

First, make sure that you are completely open and honest with your attorney about all of the issues and potential issues in your case. Your attorney is on your side and wants to be as prepared as possible for every outcome at a hearing. If you conceal information, your attorney cannot adequately prepare, which could result in a very bad outcome for you at the trial.

Next, if you have children, make sure that leading up to the hearing you are engaged with your children and are flexible with the other parent. Choosing to skip your visitation on a regular basis because of social or work engagements can reflect badly on your parenting skills. Similarly, if you are rigid and uncooperative with the other parent, the court will weigh this against you, as the ability to co-parent is heavily considered in the best interest determination.

Third, make sure that if you have kept notes or calendars, you bring your copies to your attorney before trial, as well as bring them with you to the trial. These notations about everyday incidents, custody exchanges, or how money was handled typically in your household can all assist in essential divorce inquiries such as spousal support or custody.

Finally, understand that it is essential for you to remain civil and honest during the hearing. Although your spouse may tell lies on the witness stand, you need to be emotionally prepared to not have any outbursts or dramatic reactions. Judges want their courtrooms to remain calm and may rule against a spouse who cannot maintain reasonable control and composure in a courtroom.

Preparation is often the key to success in a divorce case. Call us today and we can help you with your case and prepare for your future at 619-800-0384.